AS 2015 ELECTION APPROACHES; GOV DICKSON WANTS NIGERIANS TO ESCHEW VIOLENCE, PROPAGATE MESSAGE OF PEACE AND UNITY OF THE NATION
Bayelsa state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has renewed his call on Nigerians to promote those ideals that can bring about lasting peace and unity of the Country, especially in the areas are being terrorized by the Islamic sect-Boko Haram.
Urging the people to give peace a chance at a unity rally organized by the New Nigeria Initiatives and Peace Trumpeters in Yenagoa, the Governor said, no religion preaches violence and as a result the worshippers should abide by the tenets of their religion.
Making reference to the popular remarks of President Goodluck Jonathan, Hon. Dickson pointed out that, neither his political ambition nor that of any person is worth the blood of any Nigerian, stressing that, Nigerians should strive to attain lasting peace and eschew violence before, during and after the forthcoming elections.
According to him, there can be no development without sustainable peace in any nation and that Nigeria needs peace to forge ahead in her developmental agenda of transformation, under the present leadership at the Federal level.
“Mr. President stands for peace, he has said repeatedly that nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian and that is our political creed in this state and we recommend it to every state, especially during the elections at this time. We should not just win the elections, but we should collectively win the peace as well.
While appreciating the New Nigeria Initiative and the Peace Trumpeters for preaching the message of peace at a critical time as this in the nation’s history, he urged them to spread it to other parts of the country, stressing that, the nation needs peace now, more that ever before.
“Bayelsa State is Bayelsa today is the most peaceful State and I want to thank the New Nigerian Initiative and the Peace Trumpeters for coming to sound this message at this time and I enjoin you all to send this message to all other states of the Federation”.
Earlier in their remarks, the National and State Chairmen of the New Nigeria Initiative, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha and Dr Ezekiel Patrick, called for peace in the country as there are elements of violence already being reflected in the speeches of some politicians.
They also pointed out that, development will remain elusive, where there is no peace, adding that peace is the panacea to greatness and prosperity of every society.